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Veterans at Booth Enjoy the Tradition of “Dining Out”

For veterans at Chicago Booth, one event stands out among the myriad cocktail hours, dinners, and Liquidity Preference Functions (LPFs) that comprise the MBA social experience. That hallmark event is, of course, Dining Out.

Those unfamiliar with military traditions might find the event’s title a bit strange, perhaps literal even, but Dining Outs (and their equally creatively-named cousins, Dining Ins) both feature strongly in military culture. Dining Ins traditionally consist only of military service members. They often occur just before or after combat deployments and entail a degree of silliness to counter the seriousness of our daily jobs. Dining Out differs in that significant others are invited to join, and the silliness is somewhat toned-down.

For most of the veterans at Booth, Dining Out is a piece of the familiar in what can be a new and strange place. Most of us could not have distinguished a credit from a debit before Booth, and would have assumed that an “efficient market” meant less than five minutes in line at the store. While we are all hopefully past that point now, it is still great to dust off the old traditions and have a time of fellowship and fun.

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A Day in the Life: A Booth Couple Edition

It seemed like any other weekday when our tiny household received two game-changing phone calls. Within 90 minutes, each of us was contacted by Chicago Booth’s Admissions bearing the dream news: “You’re in!” We knew it straight away; life would never be the same.

Nearing matriculation, we decided on our student couple mission statement: Grow individually, without growing apart. To us, Booth’s flexible curriculum and “build your own adventure” approach provide the perfect setting to do so. Our photo journal offers a glimpse into a typical action-packed day in the life of a Boothie couple. Hold tight, this will be a quite a ride!
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VETERANS DAY: CELEBRATING THE (S)HEROES OF BOOTH

This Veterans Day, the Booth community salutes those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. With a staggering number of 1,100+ alumni in this group, Chicago Booth draws the attention of veterans interested in a transformative journey into the business realm. Subsequently, one of the most tight-knit groups on campus is the Armed Forces Group (AFG), home to dozens of U.S. and international veterans who differ in pathways, but share a common denominator of serving their respective countries.

With unique leadership experiences, veterans bring a rich perspective to Booth that is highly respected by faculty and peers alike. Today, we give the spotlight to Booth’s female veterans, the heroes of our community. Through their stories, we can learn about veterans’ motivations and about Booth as a facilitator of camaraderie and personal growth, which is irrespective of military service.

Katie Wurzbach (United States Army, AFG Co-Chair, Class of ’17), Audrey Lancaster (United States Army, Class of ’17) and Sarah Owen (Marine Corps, Class of ’18) – We thank you for your service… The stage is all yours!
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Veterans Day at Chicago Booth

On Veterans Day, I always think about those who have served, those who are currently serving, and those who will serve. But it is also hard for me to think about veterans without thinking about the impact of the University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman – the father of America’s all-volunteer force.

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Community at Booth

Hello again. With round one of the application process behind us, I thought I would talk a little about the Booth community. No matter your interests, background, or demographics, one of the great things at Booth is the active engagement via student led groups. While you can find a comprehensive list of the groups at Booth through the Web site, today I am going to talk a little about my own personal experience with the Armed Forces Group (AFG). This will of course just be one specific example about a single group, but I can assure everyone that each student group has comparable functions and engagement. Continue reading Community at Booth